Mark Ruffalo has said being cast as The Hulk has raised his profile in the film industry.
The 42-year-old actor, who is taking over the role Bruce Banner from Edward Norton in Marvel's comic-book movie extravaganza The Avengers revealed it has boosted the interest in smaller independent projects he is working on.
Mark told The Daily Telegraph: "Honestly. just consider Second Coming, which I am doing with Marion Cotillard. It was completely dead, and when they announced that I had got The Avengers, literally, a couple of hours later the finance was pushed through. How cool is that?"
But he also admitted he is feeling the pressure of taking on the cult role of The Hulk.
He said: "I know some people don't associate me with these really big productions. I generally prefer the rough and tumble of smaller filmmaking, but this was such an opportunity."
But he enthused: "I grew up loving the Hulk. He was by far my favourite comic-book character, and I always used to watch the TV show, which was brilliant. You could see him struggling with the human aspect of what was happening."
The Brothers Bloom star's latest film The Kids Are Alright sees him appear opposite Julianne Moore and Annette Bening in the story of a gay couple whose children set out to find their sperm donor father.